Six Matildas will play a big role in the A-League Women this week as the competition begins to heat up.
Read a preview of all of the action below.
The week’s games open on Saturday, 10pm AEDT at top-of-the-table Perth Glory host Adelaide United. The Glory are the only team remaining with a perfect record in the league, and will be looking to continue their form against an Adelaide side who have only one point to their name so far.
Sunday is a huge day for the Dub, with a total of four games being played. The action starts at 2pm AEDT, with Chloe Logarzo’s Western United travelling to Wellington to take on the Phoenix.
Both sides have secured two wins to start the season and it is shaping to be a close contest. Logarzo will be hoping to continue her run of minutes with Western, after starting their previous two games up front.
Kyah Simon will be hoping to achieve her first minutes for the season on Sunday, with her Central Coast Mariners hosting Tameka Yallop’s Brisbane Roar at 2.15pm AEDT.
The Mariners will be hoping to secure their second win of the season against a Roar side who have already toppled title favourites Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC.
Speaking of Melbourne Victory, they play Newcastle Jets at 3pm AEDT. Victory will be hoping to continue their momentum after picking up their first three points of the season against Adelaide United last week.
Elise Kellond-Knight started her first game for Victory for over 200 days in that game, while Emily Gielnik came off the bench to play her first minutes. They’ll be hoping to continue to grow their match fitness, while Lydia Williams is expected to start in goal.
Finally, Melbourne City will host the Western Sydney Wanderers at Aami Park at 5.45pm AEDT. City have looked to be the early frontrunners for title favourites and will hope to continue their early season form, while the Wanderers are searching for their first win.
Canberra United will not play this week as a result of Sydney FC’s continental campaign.
AFC Women’s Club Championship
After winning their first two group stage games, Sydney FC face a do-or-die clash against South Korea’s Hyundai Steel Red Angels on Sunday, 9pm AEDT.
A draw will be enough for the defending A-League Women’s champions to secure a place in the final against Japanese club Urawa Reds, to be held at a later date. However, it will be anything but straightforward against the ten-time defending WK League champions.
Cortnee Vine remains injured after the CommBank Matildas international window and has not travelled with the team.